Before he can travel to California to face trial for murder, Robert Durst will have to resolve the gun possession charge that’s kept him under lock and key since March.
A Louisiana judge rejected Durst’s legal team’s motion to dismiss evidence in the Durst family scion’s lesser-known criminal proceeding, ruling that the search that unearthed the .38-caliber revolver was legal.
Durst faces a maximum 10 year sentence in the case. His team still has a chance to appeal the ruling or offer a plea bargain.
Otherwise the case will proceed to trial next year, the New York Times reported.
Behind the story:
Durst, the subject of the HBO documentary series “The Jinx,” is accused of murdering a close friend, Susan Berman, in 2000. He was found not guilty of murdering a neighbor in Galveston, Texas in 2003, despite admitting to have dismembered the man’s body.
This past weekend, “The Jinx” co-creator Andrew Jarecki said the Durst family could have helped prevent those two murders.
Durst was also a suspect in the disappearance of his then-wife, Kathleen Durst, in 1982. [NYT] – Ariel Stulberg